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  • Actors: Nick May, Blake Young-Fountain, Murray Hill, Damin Fuentes, Tom Merlino
  • Directors: Spencer Schilly
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tla Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019BI19G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,998 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Fearlessly raw and surprisingly tender The Houseboy delivers a wildly unconventional holiday tale. Aimless and barely in his twenties, disarmingly cute Ricky is content to play boy toy to a pair of hot thirty-something lovers. That is until he overhears them whisper about "a new toy for Christmas." Crushed and totally alone while his couple vacations, Ricky binges on internet hookups, random tricks, and hardcore drugs. Unable to kill the pain, Ricky contemplates the end. But a chance meeting with Blake, a sweetheart college kid with a thousand watt smile, makes Ricky wonder if there's something to live for after all.

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An unusual protagonist raises this film above the usual fare. Ricky is a young-ish guy who has been in a relationship with a wealthy, older gay couple for around a year. He's fairly content with this ménage-a-trois, and believes the couple love him. The film opens just before Christmas - the couple are off to visit relations, leaving Ricky behind to house-sit. The morning of their departure, he overhears one saying to the other that he wanted "a new toy" for Christmas, evidently referring to finding a replacement for Ricky.

Left alone for the holidays, depressed at the rejection, Ricky spirals downwards into a string of faceless one-night stands and explorers the use of hard drugs. He tells each trick that he plans to commit suicide on New Years' Eve. They mostly brush him off, interested only in a fleeting sexual encounter. The one man he does meet to whom he feels some genuine emotions is Blake, a college student, and all-round nice-guy. Ricky had been thrown out of home for telling his parents that he was gay; in contrast, Blake has an open, loving family environment - everything that Ricky most desires. But when Ricky presses for sex, Blake runs.

The faceless sexual encounters and drugs increase. New Years Eve is approaching...time for Ricky to put his plan into effect?

'The Houseboy' starts off somewhat bland, and the viewer can be forgiven for thinking that it will be just another low-budget fluff piece, the stereotypical 'gay movie'. In some ways it is - family conflict, lashings of nudity and sex - but Ricky's character develops impressively as the film proceeds, becoming increasingly disturbed as New Years' Eve draws closer. Not an easy role, but Nick May turns in a credible performance as the progressively dazed, scared and obsessive Ricky.
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This is the story of Ricky, he is `the housboy' for a gay couple who have him a s a sort of live in play thing, very nihilistic. However he seems to genuinely like/love them both and it is Christmas and as he has been let down by his own family he thinks he is going to be with them. Except they are going away to one of their parents for `the holidays', and are leaving him with extensive directions on how to look after their love nest. This involves a lot of plant and fish feeding apparently.

Before they leave Ricky overhears them talking about getting a `new toy' for Christmas and he knows they are referring to his position within the home. They leave and he is distraught, so he goes out and hooks up with an astonishing amounts of success with every low life cruiser on the planet and a few more besides. His first guy is into chicks except they lack any felating prowess - like we didn't know. He then lets them come back to his place and get up to all sorts of shenanigans, the sort you normally need to visit a `members club' for. He then announces on a number of occasions that he will commit suicide on Christmas Eve.

Whilst the plot is somewhat limited, it is actually a quiet and warm film, with love and the lack of it as a central theme. Where I felt it fell down was in some average support performances and the comedy fairground music that kept on crashing into the mood of the thing. Whilst nearly all of the guys he picks up are universally self centred and actually horrible, there are some that redeem gayhood and men in general and at 71 minutes this did not drag. This won't float everyone's boat but it is one for those interested in gay cinema.
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Ricky is a very cute 21-year-old houseboy we first see in bed with two thirty-somethings, and very sexy it is too, even if they are just hugging. However they seem to be planning to ditch him, and then take off for Christmas, leaving him alone. Knowing the lie of the land, he embarks on a series of encounters, often sexual, with various pick-ups, and floats the idea of suicide on Christmas Eve, which meets with various reactions. You don't know what he might do, because the unhappiness of rejected youth is very apparent in him, and his family don't want anything to do with his gayness. He has that slightly blank readiness to do things, then change his mind, floating like a cork. The tone of the film is quite original, using lots of Christmas lights without feeling kitsch in itself, and there are many animals in the flat and outside it, so that as well as the human cast there are cats, rabbits, fish, hamsters etc. Ricky also looks very good in a jockstrap and the filmmaker seems to like framing his derriere, which certainly has charm to spare ... He also meets a delightful black boy called Blake, who has two mums. The thrust of the film is clear, and its tender-heartedness probably reflects firsthand experience of family rejection, even though it is dressed up here in day-glo colours. Its note is not unlike Chuck and Buck, and it deserves to be seen for its affectionate take on lost youth and its insight into the psychology of rejection. Its triumph is to touch on these things so unpredictably and to keep the physical upholstery of Ricky so close you can feel the quality of the stitching on those singlets and underwear, and the sexiness of his generous young physique ...
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